1945 was slightly better in terms of role significance, the best of which was her Hester Quincey, in director Robert Siodmak’s ‘The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry’, although she managed to work with her daughter again in ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, for which Lansbury won a Best Supporting Oscar.
This period would prove to be her most industrious, as the latter half of the decade yielded nothing of consequence, save a co-starring role in the Fred M.
Wilcox directed musical ‘Three Daring Daughters’ 1948, starring star on the wane Jeanette Macdonald.
Born Belfast 10th December 1895 Died Los Angeles 25th November 1975 Obdurate and methodical character player, whose career although not glittering, will probably be forgotten and instead will be unfairly remembered as the mother of Angela Lansbury.
She was on stage at the end of WW1, making her debut in a supporting role in the Somerset Maugham comedy ‘Love in a Cottage’, at the Globe Theatre London in 1918.
His New York stage debut, an uncredited role in Jacques Coinis’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’at the 44th Street Theatre in 1915, was followed by another low key credit in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ at the Park Theatre in 1917.
The following year he appeared in the long running ‘The Betrothal’, first at the Shubert, later transferring to the Century Theatre in a cast which also featured the teenaged and prospective Hollywood star, Gladys George.
Other Theatre, Film and TV credits: Theatre – Will Shakespeare(1921) Shaftesbury Theatre, London – Pagan in the Parlour(1952) Theatre Royal, Bath Film – Nothing Else Matters (1920) – Should a Doctor Tell (1923) – The Uninvited (1944) – Winged Victory (1944) – The Clock (1945) – Black Beauty (1946) – Green Dolphin Street (1947) – Kind Lady (1951) TV – Adventures in Paradise (1959) – Mr Ed (1963) Born Fermanagh 6th April 1889 Died Los Angeles 22nd February 1971 Unprepossessing character actor who had a protracted if functional Broadway career, which from the early twenties ran in tandem with a raft of minor Hollywood screen appearances encompassing both silence and sound.
He was on the American stage as early as 1912 as a member of English actor Constance Crawley’s travelling company, specialising in Shakespearean roles.
His first taste of the fast and furious world of screen acting came with his 1923 debut as Looney Luke in director Henry King’s adventure yarn ‘Fury’, notable only for the curiosity value of the film’s leading man, Tyrone Power Snr.
After this experience he returned to the New York stage and it would be a period of six years and the advent of sound before his Hollywood journey could resume in earnest.
She found scraps of work on television and made her first small screen appearance as a dressmaker in an episode of the enduring drama series ‘Studio One’ in 1956.
Further infrequent guest appearances during the early sixties included top rated series such as ‘The Twilight Zone’ 1962, ‘Dr Kildare’ 1963 and ‘My Favourite Martian’ 1964.
Among his better theatre work in the latter half of the twenties were, ‘Outside Looking In’, a fast moving comedy presented first at the Greenwich Village Theatre and then the 39th St Theatre in 1925 and his Johnny Boyle in ‘Juno and the Paycock’ at the Mayfair Theatre in 1926.